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“You don’t build a business, you build people, then people build the business” Zig Ziglar

We are here for the people behind local businesses. We are a friendly and approachable team with years of knowledge and experience helping local businesses to set up and grow.

We support a broad range of rural businesses because we know that local businesses:

  • Encourage innovation and growth
  • Offer employment opportunities
  • Contribute directly to a sustainable local economy
  • Help to build strong communities and networks
  • Need specific support at key points in their development to help them prosper

As a not for profit company DR offers cost effective services to help businesses of all sizes and types to both set up and grow. Since 2005 we have developed a wealth of knowledge and experience working with hundreds of local businesses.  Amongst the services we offer are: Researching new opportunities; business planning; bid writing for all types of funding; mentoring and reviewing success.

Below you will find relevant up-to-date news on grants and funding options currently available for small businesses, along with case studies of projects and businesses we are proud to have supported.  If you have any queries on how we can help your business to grow and prosper, we’d be pleased to help, give advice or point you in the right direction.  Get in touch!


Job Retention Scheme – Changes from 1st August

27 July 2020

Kickstart Work Placements – Traineeships and Apprenticeships

13 July 2020

£5000 Grant – Young Innovators Awards

30 June 2020

Growth Support Programme Extended

30 June 2020

Start Up Business School Launched

30 June 2020

New Discretionary Business Grant Scheme – Are you eligible?

16 June 2020

Cafe and Street Cafe Re-Opening – FAQs

11 June 2020

Flexible furloughing from 1 July 2020

1 June 2020

RDPE Growth Programme – Application help

19 May 2020

Are you self-employed? What govt funding is available…

1 May 2020

What funding is available for my business – during COVID19 ?

1 May 2020

£10,000 Business Grant for Small Businesses

27 April 2020

COVID 19 – Small Business Grant Scheme

31 March 2020

Technology Challenge (COVID19) – £25,000 per company to be won

25 March 2020

Top Tips – How to Increase Your Broadband Speeds

25 March 2020

COVID 19 – Government Support for Business

19 March 2020

Buildings for Communities – WMN Article March 2020

13 March 2020

Future Farming Resilience Project… FREE Support

11 March 2020

Summary of George Eustace’s Speech to NFU

26 February 2020

Benefits of Investing for long term growth

11 February 2020

Rural businesses go from strength to strength

7 January 2020

Successful grant application? Need help with claiming?

13 November 2019

Local woodlands, global difference….

31 October 2019

Case Study – Emily Fleur, Young Entrepreneur

30 September 2019

South Devon Coastal LAG Funding – on a map!

25 September 2019

GD LEAF successful applicants – on a map!

25 September 2019

Case Study – Pilgrim of Brixham

25 June 2019

Case Study – Moorwood

25 June 2019

Case Study – Carrapitt Plants

25 June 2019

Case Study – Taw Valley Brewery

25 June 2019

Case Study – Port Waterhouse

25 June 2019

Case Study – Farmer Luxton’s

25 June 2019
Greater Dartmoor Local Enterprise Action Fund South Devon Coastal Local Action Group Trading Standards Approved Cyber Essentials Plus